OCMC News – Remembering Michael Jaharis: A Man Dedicated to Sharing the Faith

OCMC News – Remembering Michael Jaharis: A Man Dedicated to Sharing the Faith


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by Alex Goodwin (Posted 2/19/2016)

After his falling asleep on February 17th, we pray that Mr. Michael Jaharis’ memory will be eternal and we thank him, and his family, for their tireless dedication to the spread of the Gospel around the world.


This Wednesday we lost a dear brother in Christ. Mr. Michael Jaharis fell asleep in the Lord, peacefully, in his home. It is difficult to express how much Mr. Jaharis and his family supported the Church and helped spread the Orthodox Faith. His generosity spread to so many aspects of the Church.

We here at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, of course, remember his dedication to Orthodox missions. He helped make the dream of the Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Center a reality – the first pan-Orthodox facility of its kind. He also suggested naming the building for Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios, wanting to honor both missionary pioneers.

OCMC Board Member Helen Nicozisis reflects, “He established an endowment to maintain our new facilities after he and his lovely wife Mary donated substantially to the capital campaign. He was always gracious enough to grant us time to visit with him and Mary to bring them up to date on our ministries. His jovial, upbeat demeanor encouraged and nurtured us.”

OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi adds, “Michael Jaharis’ philanthropic spirit has reached far and wide. With his wife Mary, he has helped to establish the foundation of our missionary outreach. We thank God for having brought him into our lives and will miss him dearly.”

The staff, board, missionaries, and volunteers mourn the passing of our beloved brother. He impacted the lives of us all and impacted the lives of countless people around the world who he helped bring to Christ through his support of missions. We thank him, and we pray that his memory be eternal!



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About author

Alex Goodwin

Alex Goodwin serves as the Communications Director at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine, Florida, where he lives with his wife and two children. Alex has participated on multiple mission teams to Africa. His duties at the Mission Center include broadening awareness of, and participation in, Orthodox missions among the faithful of North America.